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Jurgen Klopp gives reason for Trent Alexander-Arnold's dip in form before Arsenal win; Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold delivered for Joel Matip's opener and then helped Mohamed Salah score two.

Byline: David Maddock

Jurgen Klopp says that defending isn't like riding a bike as it takes time to get back into a rhythm.

TheLiverpoolboss was pleased with an emphatic victory overArsenal, and the contribution of Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has been criticised for his defensive work of late.

The full-back delivered for Joel Matip's opening goal, and then helped Mo Salah score two.

Klopp said: "Look it's absolutely no problem to be criticised - that's part of the deal.

"We are really clear in what we ask each other for, and yes Trent had to improve - and he did.

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"So it's not a criticism in the sense that 'you lost it, you will never be a good defender again', it's just that they all had an exceptional last season, and then had to deal with it in a three week holiday and then they came back and we started new and again."

Liverpool had 20 clean sheets in the Premier League last season, but have had none so far in their five matches of the campaign. But Klopp says patience is required.

"It's not like riding a bike, you lose it - you lose what you had before... as a team," he said.

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"It's not like Trent's crosses will not be good. If they are one game, they will be good the next. But as a team you can lose it, defending as a unit and stuff like that.

"You have to come back and start again, and we are doing that, but against Arsenal it was really good, really aggressive."


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Jurgen Klopp says that defending isn't like riding a bike

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The Liverpool boss was pleased with the contribution of Trent Alexander-Arnold

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Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 25, 2019
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